Massage? When was the last time you received one?
If you have to pause to think about the answer, then chances are you have gone too long without a massage. Our lives are rather full these days between working and looking after the family, running errands, paying bills, and everything that comes with managing a household. But, it is as important to take care of yourself as it is caring for others in your work, family or social circle.
What are all the reasons massage is valuable for you?
A massage can help to alleviate joint and back pain, manage fibromyalgia and migraines, speed recovery from injury, increase blood circulation and manage stress, etc. The depth of massage is important too, and sense of this touch can affect you in terms of pressure, temperature, and the frequency of repetitive strokes. Weekly or monthly massages allow us to experience a variety of techniques that help us deal with our individual needs in everyday life.
Getting a regular massage is also important as it can help to prevent occupational injuries, such as repetitive stress injuries, muscle strains and carpal tunnel, as well as every day stress-related headaches and back ache.
This advice sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
I am sure your last few therapists have mentioned this to you on more than one occasion in the past. Just like athletes, our body is our tool and we depend on it working properly. It is for this reason that we must care for our bodies/tool with the same way that dancers, swimmers, and runners do, to help keep it functioning well. Obviously, massage is just one of the things that you need to do, but together with a healthy diet and lifestyle you can succeed in keeping your body well.
I do not have the time!
I believe we all have time for what is a priority to us. Yes, we are all busy, especially those of us who are caretakers of young children, ageing parents, or other family members.
What rings more true is to say “I do not believe receiving a massage is a priority in my busy life right now.”
I urge you to reconsider, for all the reasons mentioned. Everyone can find 30 minutes/one hour (one and a half, including travel time) each week, or every other week, or even monthly, for something that is a priority.
Your challenge, therefore, is to re-categorize massage as a priority in your life. You need some ‘Me-time’!
The bottom line is this: We cannot be as effective if we do not take good care of ourselves. It is imperative that we listen to our bodies and respond accordingly to its needs. So please, try turning off your phone, take a deep breath, lay yourself down on the massage couch instead, and let someone take care of you for a wonderful change of pace towards self-care and being the best in your job/life that you can be.
Let Shirley-Louise – The Beauty Guru, Caterham, help you achieve this by starting with a Stress-Relief Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage – so, just click here to check out the ‘Reviving & Relaxing’ Massage and BodyCare menu and select the one you need for your ‘Me-time’!